Today I want to talk about Mikie. Mikie is my daughter’s friend. He is 25 and he is dying. He is in stage 4 Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. He has been sick for 6 years and is now coming to the end. He has been given a few months at most.
Mikie is not a relative, so I’m veering from my usual posts. In my last post, I briefly mentioned the death of a child. Mikie’s mother is dead. His father is not in the picture and other family are not interested. He is one of many children in the world who are essentially abandoned by family and left to raise themselves. Mikie did a decent job. He is loving, kind, sweet, and understanding and his death is breaking my heart.
I have become somewhat of a surrogate mother to him. My job now is to see that Mikie had a peaceful death surrounded by the few of us who love him. I am losing a child of my heart if not my body.
So, I will be brave. I will hold his hand at the end. He will hold my heart.

Hello. I am the author of the Historical Fiction novel called Mamie Garrison. It is a tale of slavery, abolition, romance and history, set in the years just prior to the Civil War. It is available on Kindle for .99 and also in paperback. Mamie Garrison has a dual storyline. The present day story involves Bella and Andrew finding Mamie's journals. Their story includes romance and paranormal aspects. Mamie's story follows her adventures as an abolitionist through her journals. There are some mysteries as well as an unusual background in Mamie's life. I have completed book two in my series. Colin Garrison, Book 2 of The Garrisons is available at Amazon.com/dp/B0759MYN81. Please see my Colin Garrison page under the menu option for a small sample of this new book. The third and final book in the series, Emily Garrison is now available. Please see above for link. I am 62 with one adult child and one grandchild. I have always enjoyed the written word and have been a voracious reader from my early youth. I am inspired by many authors in the historical fiction genre. I am also a lover of Russian literature, particularly Tolstoy and Dostoevsky. I find great inspiration for creating characters by looking at the ones these two authors have created. There is such a depth to them. I have written for most of my life in one form or another. I have dabbled in poetry and songwriting, and have more started novels than finished ones. In my free time, I like reading, history and travel. I am interested in genealogy and working on my family tree. I live in St Louis.

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